Hospital Workers Update, Bryan Bowers Cancels, More


I forgot yesterday, and again today! Happy Rosh HaShona to those who celebrate. Happy New Year!!! May you be inscribed for a good year in the Book Of Life.


WRITE! Please keep sending letters and cards. Those make a BIG difference!

MUSIC: We’re still figuring out how best to offer music for the hospital workers. Musicians will move to near the front entrance to play, since that’s where more of the employees go in and out. We’re still figuring out how to warm up musical fingers. I have gift cards here that musicians can offer while they play.

FOOD: If you know someone who works at the hospital, you can offer to bring them meals, personally. If your friend would like that, agree on a time when you’ll be coming, and then let the front desk know you’re bringing food for them by name.

SPARKLY ROCKS: Tuck them into the garden beds and rockeries around the grounds. If you keep your eyes peeled, you’ll see where others have put them. It’s great to have new ones.


My husband’s friends blue roller bag fell out of his truck this AM, most likely in West North. Around 6AM. Can you post this. I can retrieve this evening. Katie Lazich 360-739-2875. 2510 Lynn street


An amazing local musician, and an activist who is as quiet & low-key as he is effective. He’s probably had an impact on your life, and you never knew it.

Tonight, Tuesday Sept 7 on and 102.3FM at 8pm, with Ted Matts


Thursday, September 9

The situation with COVID has changed dramatically since Bryan set up to play this concert. Bryan is in his 80s and spending time in group situations, even outdoors, doesn’t make sense for him after all. He’s returning to hunkering down back in the hills. He’ll miss getting to play for you all. Frankly, I’m relieved to be staying home as well. I wasn’t going to miss Bryan, but I’ve been feeling increasingly trepidatious. Sorry!



Wow!This is just flat-out beautiful! Such singing; such harmonies…


Here’s more of what we’re all missing later this week


Jannie, Landscaper, Hospital Workers, Bryan Bowers, and More


This past Monday Columbia neighborhood lost a true friend to all – Jannie Adderly. Jannie was a wonderful neighbor. She was a real Bellingham Hamster – she loved  Bellingham! She knew just about everyone, having lived in the neighborhood most of her life. If she didn’t know you, she soon did. She was friends with janitors, teachers, the workers at our nearby Haggens, the kids in the neighborhood, who she encouraged to eat her blackberries each summer, the dog walkers, the cat lovers, the music lovers….all of us. She was kind, generous, sweet, and a great gardener.  She sewed I don’t know how many quilts in her life, all beautiful, many original patterns. She was a member of the Eldredge Community group who put on the Thursday concerts all summer, acting as treasurer until very recently. She could be found every summer Thursday evening, in a chair, with a small group of friends, in the same spot each week at the park, usually covering up as it got cool with one of her many homemade quits.

Jannie died at home, as she wanted to, peacefully, with her daughter, son in law, son and daughter in law  by her side.

Her Funeral/ Memorial service will be on Tuesday, September  14, at 11 AM at  Westford’s Mortuary , on Walnut Street, across from St Paul’s followed by a dessert reception in Elizabeth Park, weather permitting.


Keep those cards & letters coming! Ask your friends to write too. I got this note: “I want you to know how much it has meant to everyone here at the hospital to have the musicians outside, to see the signs, to read the cards.  The hospital is posting a “gratitude gallery” on our intranet.”  I went over yesterday to listen to the musicians (lovely violin duet!) and see for myself what was up. The hospital now has couches and upholstered chairs in the employee lounge, and some fruit available. I saw a refrigerated dispenser that might hold drinks. It’s still empty. Hoping it may also hold sandwiches and such for workers with mandatory overtime. I saw sweet painted rocks in the gardens with encouraging messages. Musicians are still encouraged to sign up to play for 45 minutes during shift changes. We’re trying to set that up at a more trafficked location. Here’s the sign-up link:

When we have them, we’re setting out a “reverse tip jar” during the music, with gift cards for the hospital workers to take home: local cafes, coffee shops, restaurants. Thank you to the donors! Gift cards can be dropped at our house, and I’ll get them to the musicians.


September 2, 2021

by Clarence Dickinson , Kim Eagle’s Son

Sept 2, 2021

Hello and so many thanks to all of you that have helped, prayed and followed Kim’s progress for the last 2 months. Well, today is the day she is coming home!!! We are all so excited beyond words. She will be living with us until her house is remodeled to her needs. Her memory is doing well and her spirits are good. She is moving forward knowing she will do the best she can in her situation with the hope of prosthetic legs soon! You can not keep this woman down. She will be cared for while we work as well. She has requested pepperoni pizza tonight so that’s what we’ll have. Everyone has been so kind and so many people she does not know have helped her in so many ways. Thank you so much for everything Her neighborhood street is planning a welcome parade today somewhat, as she comes home. We’re not sure on a time, mid afternoon. She wants to see her house and animals first thing. And in about a week we’re planning on meeting the crew that responded to her tragedy and saved her life. There is a photo on our GoFundMe page of the amazing ramp that our construction guy has built at our home for Kim. She is so ecstatic to come home, keeping an open mind to starting a new life and being surrounded by the ones she loves. Bobbie and Lee


The rains are returning. If you’ve got a tent around (especially big ones), or brown tarps, warm hiking socks, size large and larger warm waterproof coats, this is a good time to donate. We’re still providing meals for neighbors without shelter who can’t go to Base Camp or other congregate facilities. If you’d like to cook, we can provide to-go containers, pots & pans, and even ingredients. And mentors. Everything helps.


A package arrived at my home addressed to Bob. There is no last name. I called the sender and they confirmed having shipped a parcel to my street address. They tried to contact Bob, but were not successful. It appears to be some kind of office supplies by the package. So if you know Bob, have him call me to identify the contents and arrange for pick up.  ~ Dex Horton, 360 223 6623, 2415 Utter Street


Free 20 gallon working freshwater fish tank with hood, filter and heater.  Would a school classroom like a fish tank already equipped with fish? – Moving. ~ Emi (360)318-4343


Can anyone recommend a reliable person to dig up some irises, crocosmia and day lilies in my front yard?  I would like this to be done this month before I put the garden to bed for the winter. You can contact me at: or call me at 360-223-2290. ~ Kathy Sparks, Utter Street


I am looking to rent out my lovely fully furnished 4 bedroom home in the Columbia neighborhood for 4-6 weeks. If you know anybody please message me.  ~ Caryn Simmons, 36-820-2292.


Dorothy Smith is moving her Allegro Strings Violin Shop to a new location in Fairhaven, and because of a little snafu with the phone, doesn’t have her business phone number hooked up right now. The best way to contact her for the next couple of weeks is email at: or on Facebook messenger. She has asked for help getting the word out 🙂 360 389-1391


Thursday, September 9, 2021 At 8 PM PDT – 10 PM PDT

8:00- 10:00 pm in the garden

$10-$20 Suggested Donation

This is a REALLY big deal folks!!!! Bryan is playing live in Bellingham, If you are going out to any events at all, you should go to this one. Masked & fully vaxxed of course. Let’s keep each other safe.

Bryan was raised in Virginia, must be 80 years ago. He recalls, “The music I heard while working in the fields was mesmerizing. And I’d see the gandy dancers coming down the tracks, setting the rails and getting their ties straight. You’ve heard that song `Whup Boys, Can’t you line ’em?, Chack a lack.’ Whup Boys, can’t you line ’em? was the call the leader would sing. Chack a lack was the bounce- back of the hammer after falling on the pin. I just thought that music was something that everyone did. It was years later that I realized what I’d been raised around.”

‘For over five decades, Bryan Bowers has been to the autoharp what Earl Scruggs was to the five-string banjo. He presents instrumental virtuosity combined with warmth, eloquence, expression and professionalism.’



When you learn a song, you’ve got a friend for life. This has certainly been true in my own life. And Bryan has such wonderful Song Friends…


So adorable!!! I hope this little donkey doesn’t grow up to be too big for a lap…


Last Concert Thursday: Jani Adderley. Homeless; Hospital & More


Thursday 6 – 8 PM At The Gazebo (with food and dessert tents!)

September 2 BANDZANDT, The County’s Happiest Rock Band

Thanks to Marla Bronstein, host, and to the Eldridge Society for History & Preservation, & to Bellingham Parks for sponsoring!


From Marla Bronstein:

Peter Roberts and Jani Adderley have been the leaders of The Eldridge Society for History and Preservation that give me the go-ahead every year to coordinate this series for the community. I will be forever grateful. Sadly, we lost Jani yesterday due to illness and we will miss her terribly. She loved these concerts so much, and loved that the community enjoyed them so well. I hope to see you all for this final concert of the season this Thursday. Stay well!!

[Jani also coordinated the neighborhood-wide garage sale every June till this year. She lived her life as a gift to this world!. Love/Fl!p]


The minutes for the CNA Quarterly General Meeting on Zoom were very long, so I am sending you the Google doc link instead of the full text. ~ Deb Valentine


“The pandemic has destabilized housing for thousands of fellow community members, creating a situation in which renters are worried about potential eviction and homelessness, and housing providers are concerned about the threat of bankruptcy and lingering impacts from the eviction moratorium,” stated Moonwater, Executive Director of the WDRC. “With our trained and impartial staff and mediators, we are here to help tenants and landlords resolve these issues before going to court. The WDRC also recognizes that people of color and other underserved community members are disproportionately impacted by these difficult times. To that end, we are available to provide free services to all eligible community members who are affected, and regardless of their immigration status.” Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center 360-676-0122 | 360-676-0738


This comfortable “zero gravity” patio chair needs a bolt replaced in one hinge. Text Fl!p 360-671-4511


Luke Haran here on Henry street. I am looking at taking down a tree that’s bombarding our roof with walnuts. I’m sure some woodworkers out there could make some nice pieces out of it. I’m seeing if anyone is interested in trading the felling of the tree for the wood. Old English or black walnut tree lumber available. Looking to trade the lumber for the cost of felling the tree. If interested please email 


Seeking references: I am seeking a skilled and trustworthy contractor to do some work on my 100 year old garage. I need them to reinforce and stabilize the entire garage structure, then frame for a garage door to be installed and fill in some siding. Appreciate your help! Thank you so much, Susan Casey Walnut Street


The rains have returned, and cold weather is coming. What’s most needed now is tents ( 4- 6 person size so elderly and disabled neighbors can get in and out) and tarps. Brown tarps to draw less unwelcome attention. We can still be a drop-off point at 2518 Cherry. Monetary donations are also helpful. We had an interesting couple weeks where we couldn’t get to-go containers, which we get from the ChefStore (which used to be Cash&Carry, then SmartFoods). There was a severe Covid outbreak at their regional distribution center in Centraiia which left the shelves empty and really impacted local restaurants. It also impacted us! Without to-go containers we were facing being limited to serving sandwiches & burritos and that’s about it. (And WATER! We always need water.) I found containers online, though arrival was delayed. They finally came and we’re able to distribute hot meals again. Whew! We’d used the last stack the day before. We can always use more volunteer cooks. I have pots & pans, ingredients, and mentors to help you create simple, comforting food for our unsheltered neighbors. Thank you! Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511.


Folks arriving at work were treated to the sight of someone in a unicorn costume, with a big sign saying We Love Our Healthcare Workers! This had a lovely impact. What a great way to start the morning.

Cards and letters are having a really big effect. Please keep writing! I still have some lovely cards if you’d like to pick up some to write on. What we write is getting photographed and digitized, and added to the internal newsletter. There are also displays in places around the hospital and at some of the clinics as well.

Let’s be sure we don’t add to the workers’ burden. Social distancing, masking, vaccinating, going to your doctor, WALK IN CLINIC or URGENT CARE instead of the ER unless what you have is truly life threatening….

We have now found a way to distribute gift cards if you want to contribute. The best cards are for local cafes, coffee shops & restaurants. You can drop them through the mail slot at our house – 2518 Cherry Street.

CDs can make a great token of appreciation to place in our Caregiver Support Zen Den once it’s finished. Kevin reports the lounge is close to becoming a reality. They are modifying an employee lounge, adding couches & easy chairs, and putting up a tree to hang our cards on.

It turns out many of our hospital workers love painted & sparkly rocks, and heart shaped rocks. Some rocks are adopted and taken home or kept in pockets, so ongoing re-supply is good. Take your gifts to the hospital grounds and tuck them in around the landscape plants and in areas already covered with rocks.

Food: The logistics are complex because of the need to mask, but the hospital plans to make food available for their employees who are working long hours. It will be accessible for grab & go, especially during night shifts when cafeteria isn’t open. We’ve reminded them that their plan to care for their workers is not quite working yet. I’ll let you know when that’s up and running. Meanwhile, if you have friends who work at the hospital, you could offer to bring commercially prepared meals for them (by name) to the front entrance.

Musicians have begun playing at the employee entrance during some shift changes. All are masked and fully vaccinated. No vocals or wind instruments because of worker safety. So far we’ve had a cello duo, a violinist, and the harpist with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra with her full-size pedal harp! This week there’s a violin duo, a folk harpist, and the cello duo is coming back. We could use more! See the next item for more details.


Written by my friend Karee Wardrop. I talked with her about the project I’m trying to put together, and she wrote it up and sent it to her friends. I LOVE how she talked about it, so I asked if I could quote her here:

My friend Fl!p Breskin is heading up a campaign to support our local hospital workers who are under tremendous strain right now. One of the many things happening is local musicians are playing outside the hospital workers’ entrance at the shift changes, 7:15 AM and 3:15PM, playing for a half hour to forty-five minutes. These times catch the workers leaving their shifts and those arriving…the music offers some comfort, some encouragement, and definitely a reminder that our community is thinking of them and supporting them as they engage in such essential, and currently dangerous, work. Because of covid-related concerns, the music performed must not include vocals, wind instruments or brass instruments. 

These shifts are gifts, rather than gigs. Fl!p is a musician herself and is incredibly mindful of the fact that musicians have also been hard hit and need support, so there may be funding available for musicians. She would be delighted to talk with you about it. (Really, she would!)  If you are interested in playing music for a shift, please contact Fl!p (

There is also a google sheet for signing up.

Please pass this along to others who may be interested. Music is such a strong and healing current in our community. Thanks for the music you bring, wherever and whenever you play!

All the best,  ~ Karee


There are two new updates on this link. Here’s an excerpt:

August 22, 2021

Thank you all for some wonderful suggestions that are helpful with medical bills. Kim’s Clients, where she was working at the time of the accident, directly called a friend attorney, Paula McCanliss, for Kim, and she has been tremendously helpful. So thankful for her and some very fine clients, Terry and Garrett , who made sure that Kim had some legal help the day of the accident.

This allows us to use all your donations toward orthopedic needs for Kim to come home to stay with her son Lee and daughter in law Bobbie, until she can help to decide the changes she will need to make to her home, for her functionality and using and electric chair where she will be able to maneuver in her house and garden and be outdoors with her animals.

until she can get her prosthesis and learns how to walk with them.

Some very dear friends of Kim’s in the construction trade, Joe Super and Joe Crowe would like to remodel Kim’s bathroom and kitchen and ramp ways in and around her home. Great to hear the offers of friends of theirs who want to help with what needs to be done to get this transition to happen for access in and around her home.

We have a future date of September 2nd, hoping Kim will be getting out of HarborView Hospital in Seattle and heading home to Bellingham, WA. She will have Nursing care and her family around her, with her until she is up and running, the way she is healing we are not surprised, She has always been a fighter. The injuries to her head are another thing we are hoping to trigger more of her memories when she gets closer to family and sees her animals and home, that she has missed so terribly. Kim has always had a stiff constitution! Much tougher than most all the way from her heart.

Kim has been getting more Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, 3 hrs a day, proving to be helpful, the more I talk with her the better she sounds the more sense she is making,

They have her working with numbers, words. She has blocks to fit them in a large square. Getting Kim’s coordination in her hands and arms, strengthened and working again.


Thursday September 9, Boundary Bay Brewery, 8 PM

I think, but am not sure, that it will be $10 – $20 at the door. Don’t quote me. I’ll find out and get back to you. This will be OUTSIDE in the covered garden. If you don’t already know Bryan’s music, trust me. You want to. He’s the Real Deal. As a kid, he learned traditional music by listening to work gangs singing call-and-response work songs in his neighborhood Down South. He’s an autoharp master. And oh lord, can he put a song across! Here he sings the Bristlecone Pine.



A bit of calm musical kindness from the recording Aniar released in 2020. Peadar MacMathuna, guitar. Jan Peters, harmonica. Richard Scholtz, autoharp. Jon Sampson, bass.


Hospital Workers, More


Workers are feeling better because of our letters & cards. Please keep writing! Our letters and artwork get scanned and shared with all the workers.

I just got back from speaking at the hospital’s invitation to their dayshift Covid crew, including housekeeping and food service. Tom Hunter’s daughter Irene came with me. She brought 65 $10 gift cards (yes, $650) to distribute. And Richard Scholtz gave me a whole box of his Late Night Conversation CDs with Eric Schoenberg and I passed those out too, and some of Peadar’s CDs as well. Comfort music.  I told the workers that when I feel down, there is always part of the feeling that has to do with feeling alone. That we weren’t from an organization. We were just their neighbors, all over the city & county, who care about them and don’t want them to be alone.

I also said there were things I could say with music that I couldn’t say with words. I described playing a lullaby, feeling like I was sitting on my mom’s lap, with her on her own mom’s lap, and my son on my lap & his kids on his, and we’re all singing together to the baby. Then I played Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. And the Alphabet song. It looked like even the workers who don’t know much English were aware of those songs. We sent them off with extra gift cards  & CDs to share with fellow workers. And with our deepest thanks.

It felt like a beginning.

Musicians have begun signing up to play outside the employee entrance at shift changes. The hospital is exploring adding radiant heat to an existing gazebo for the musicians to stand under. We’ve now had three sets of musicians, and it’s gone very well for everyone so far. Ladies Loe cello duo played a couple days ago and then signed up immediately for another shift next week. There was a classical violinist this morning, and tomorrow afternoon the principal harpist for the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra is coming. Next week there will be a violin duo, a folk harpist, and more. Let me know if you’d like to play.

We’re invited to bring painted & sparkly rocks, with or without words on them, and heart-shaped rocks as well. We can place them in the hospital garden beds and in areas where there are landscape rocks already. It turns out the workers just love them! We can keep bringing more, because workers take some of them home.


“More fun than fear.”

That’s our mantra these days, so because of the Delta variant we’ve decided not to hold an in-person Northwest Women’s Music Celebration this fall at Pilgrim Firs.

But because we are committed to fun and to connecting with our community, we are going to host a couple of virtual events that same weekend — October 2nd (some classes and student concert) and October 3rd  (afternoon teacher concert). Save the dates on your calendar, and watch for an email soon with more details on classes, links and student concert sign-up.

In the meantime check out the website at for updates. (Updates coming soon)

The “teacher/staff concert” on Sunday will be open to everyone. The classes and student concert on Saturday will be open to women only.


We will be having a yard sale on Saturday Sept. 4th from 9am to 3pm at our house on 1905 Washington St (corner of Victor and Washington). Our yard sale will have a variety of bikes, bike parts, tools, kitchen stuff, boating items and other random items. Lisa Christensen


A woman in my community is seeking housing for herself and her almost 2 yo son.  She has had an absolutely miserable time finding adequate housing and has recently had a steady stream of rejections from people who do not want to live with a child.  I’d love to vouch for the incredible sweetness and magic of her son.  She co-parents with his father on a schedule each week.  

Currently, she is preparing to move into her van but still trying really hard to find a workable housing option. 

If anyone has a room for rent, a small living space, etc., this mama could use the connection.  Her absolute max is 1200/month and she would prefer something month-to-month right now.  You can reach out to me and I can offer more info or connect you directly. ~ Jess Radovich


Hi neighbors, I’m looking to rent an art/writing studio for 3-6 months (longer term if it’s big enough) to finish a book I’ve been working on for the last few years. The subject is creative decolonization. It’s a guidebook especially for women of European descent. I’d be happy to email a full description to anyone interested. My budget is small, so I’m flexible (and grateful) about the space. I just need to get away from my house/kids to focus:) Here’s my wish list:

  • Natural light
  • Good people, landlord, neighbors, etc…
  • Quiet

I can afford to pay up to $300 a month. That’s a stretch, so I’d love to expand possibilities with a partial trade arrangement…I have skills and I’m open to ideas. Thank you ~ Alycia Lund or 575-590-5633


It’s my birthday today. I’m 71. No concert this year, but I wish all of you a lovely day with music where you can find it. When I was a lonely child I never dreamed I would ever have so many friends. Thank you for your friendship; it means the world to me!



Richard Scholtz and I played music together yesterday afternoon, and this song by Malvina Reynolds floated up for him when his grandson took off across the yard with one shoe and one bare foot. I used to sing Diddle Diddle Dumpling My Son Jon, to my son Jon when he was little. Another one shoe song. Richard & I had great fun chasing the squirrelly chords of Malvina’s song!

Meeting Tonight, Concerts, Hospital Workers, More


Tonight! Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time on Zoom


1)  Welcome

2)  CNA Announcements- By-law review, annual audit, proposed website, Board openings

3)  CNA Treasurer’s Report by Aaron Ignac

4)  Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission (MNAC) Report

5)  Share Shack developments by Aaron Silverberg

6)  Let’s talk about neighborhood issues (traffic, school, pets, and more)

7)  Beyond Columbia  

8)  Closing 

Join Zoom Meeting

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Passcode: 639466

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Thursdays 6 – 8 PM At The Gazebo (with food and dessert tents!)

August 26 CRAIGO’S PLANET GROOVE, Grateful Dead meets New Orleans Funk

September 2 BANDZANDT, The County’s Happiest Rock Band


Please keep those cards & letters coming! Also signs and banners to hang on the walls. Tell our workers how much we appreciate them. They need us so much right now.

Mail to:

The Workers At St Joseph Hospital / Peacehealth

2901 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225

Also, we need musicians to come play at the employee entrance at shift changes: 7:15 AM and 3:15 PM. Contact me for details.



I’ve got a gallon pot with a couple plants. Would love to share these beautiful natives.


Also in little pots. Lots! From my neighbor Bea.

~ Fl!p 360-671-4511 text or email


My daughter Amelia and her husband Nawab would like to live in Bellingham for at least 6-7 months from about December 1, 2022 through June 30, 2021. Nawab works remotely as a computer engineer for a company based in Boston, MA and Amelia is taking a leave from teaching to take full time care for their nine month old daughter, Zoya. They have $3,000 per month available for a 2 or 3 bedroom house with a small yard and sidewalks in Bellingham (plus $500 for utilities). They currently have a one bedroom condo in northwest Portland, OR (in the Pearl) and it’s not big enough anymore. (Trade possible). Please text (preferred) or call Amelia Johnson-Ali at 360-201-7244. Or, you can call/text me: Carla Shafer at 360-961-2320

Thanks for spreading the news. ~ Carla Shafer, 2308 Lynn Street, cell/text 360-961-2320


Joni Mitchell: Urge For Going

Neighborhood Meeting, Hospital Workers, Lots More


Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time on Zoom


1)  Welcome

2)  CNA Announcements- By-law review, annual audit, proposed website, Board openings

3)  CNA Treasurer’s Report by Aaron Ignac

4)  Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission (MNAC) Report

5)  Share Shack developments by Aaron Silverberg

6)  Let’s talk about neighborhood issues (traffic, school, pets, and more)

7)  Beyond Columbia  

8)  Closing 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 882 6969 4878

Passcode: 639466

One tap mobile

+12532158782,,88269694878#,,,,*639466# US (Tacoma)

+13462487799,,88269694878#,,,,*639466# US (Houston)

Dial by your location

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 882 6969 4878

Passcode: 639466

Find your local number:


Thursdays 6 – 8 PM At The Gazebo (with food and dessert tents!)

August 26 CRAIGO’S PLANET GROOVE, Grateful Dead meets New Orleans Funk

September 2 BANDZANDT, The County’s Happiest Rock Band


I’m learning a lot and correcting as I go. Here is the latest:

Please send cards, letters & signs thanking and encouraging our local hospital workers. Letters & signs will be hung on bulletin boards and if we get enough, passed around throughout the hospital. If you are part of an organization whose members might join in writing, please share this with them, and share as widely as possible among friends and neighbors. Morale is at historic lows, and hearing from us might help cut through the isolation. I have some really beautiful cards I’m glad to share. Just ask me.

Mail to:

The Workers At St Joseph Hospital / Peacehealth

2901 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225

We are also seeking musicians who would volunteer to play hopeful instrumental music for a half hour to 45 minutes outside the employee entrance during shift changes. All musicians must be vaccinated and masked. No singing or wind instruments. The space is covered. The hospital will announce scheduled music in advance so workers can plan to linger if they’re able. Music slots are Fridays 7:15 – 8:00 AM or 3:15 – 4:00 PM; Saturdays during the same time slots, plus any one weekday lunchtime out at the Cordata clinic next to SeaMar. Whatcom Symphony Orchestra has decided to pay their own musicians to come play in duos or trios as their gift of thanks to the hospital workers. They have asked to reserve Saturday August 28 at 7:15 & 3:15 both. All other slots are open. We’ll try this for a week or two and see how it goes. The area is covered, level and outdoors.  I’ve got a buddy poking around after some funds for other professional musicians who would need to be paid, musicians being another very hard hit group. Cayley Schmidt has set up a google doc for musician sign-ups. Ask me for a link.

We are looking for organizations who might be interested in distributing gift cards to hospital workers. The hospital says they cannot pass on gift cards themselves, so please don’t send any. If your organization might be able to help, let me know and I’ll get you in contact with the right person at the hospital.

The hospital administration discourages the provision of food (requiring the removal of masks) in favor of cards and signs, for which they have mounted a distribution system.

I’ll let you know more as I learn more. Please do send cards, letters, postcards & signs or banners.


Hello neighbors, Thank you for your interest. The studio has been spoken for. As usual, these little places go very fast. I wish you all well in your search. ~ Beth


Hello (hopefully) Future Neighbors,

In a few weeks I will be moving to Bellingham to work at a local medical clinic, accompanied by my darling and our well-behaved dog. The three of us are on the search for a place to call home, which would ideally be a quiet 2-3 bedroom rental in the Columbia neighborhood starting anytime between now and Sept 22. That said, we are open to other possibilities, including purchasing the right place. We do not smoke anything at all and are happy to provide references, including for the dog 🙂 Thank you for any leads and stay safe! ~ Kate Morgan  ~



Written by David Mallet, who wrote The Garden Song. Sung by Ann Mayo Muir, with Gordon Bok & Ed Trickett. I feel deeply connected and incredibly fortunate to live in a house I love this much.

Hospital Workers, Amazing PSGW Free Concerts & Other Concerts


Can you help? They need us right now more than ever. Morale is at historic lows. Please write cards & letters of thanks and support and send them to the workers at:

Saint Joseph’s Hospital – Peace Health, 2901 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225

Apparently the hospital is not permitted to pass on gift cards. Please hold off while we figure out an alternate way to distribute cards. I’ll let you know. You are able to send commercially prepared meals or goodies. I’ll let you know how to arrange this as soon as I can. We’re also working on a place to leave signs, prayer rocks, wishes, visible support.

We would like to have musicians play during shift changes at the employee entrance. But not singing, or wind instruments because of Covid. We’re setting up a sign-up system for musicians. I’ll know more soon and post a link as soon as we can get it ready. Hopefully tomorrow.

I heard this from someone on this list:  We paid for about 40 healthy meals for the St Joe’s Covid units this weekend over 2 days with a note that just said “from a group of guys in Bellingham who really appreciate you and care”.  We hand delivered some of them to share our appreciation in person. The rest were delivered by the folks at Guud Bowls…..they were awesome. You can share this story if you think it’ll encourage others to do the same, but no names please. We’re doing this anonymously and will probably do more.

Health care workers want and need to be their best selves. They’ve made personal commitments to care for their community and they are trying their best to keep those promises, so they can look in the mirror without flinching. Please don’t complain about anyone or anything to any of them right now. They don’t need to hear that. They need our care and appreciation. Thank you! Let’s flood them with cards, letters & postcards.


The Bellingham City Club will host on Aug. 24 a free, online election forum with Port of Bellingham candidates viewing for the District 1 position (Michael Shepard, incumbent, and John Huntley) and the District 2 position (Ken Bell, incumbent, and Kelly Krieger). Register by midnight Aug. 23.

From the Salish Current online news


Across from the Elizabeth Park tennis courts. Thank you Beth Sobel!


Bring a bag, take a bag!

When: Saturday, September 11th, 10am-2pm

Where: IBC, 2000 W North St, Bellingham WA

What: FREE clothing—all genders, sizes, ages, styles, seasons!!

How: bring a bag of gently used clothing items to swap—no matter how much you bring (even if you don’t bring anything), you can carry out as much as you need/want. (Please, no personal items—underwear/bras, socks, etc— unless they are new and unused)

Why: We are hoping to meet needs for our neighbors and community–it’s been a rough couple years and no one should worry about having a warm coat or clothing for their loved ones. We also hope to donate to local shelters once again!

Who: open to everyone! We want to help locals to be clothed and cared for, so invite your friends and neighbors. We can’t wait to see you all! ~Em Elaine


I broke some little bones in my foot and would like to borrow a scooter for about 6 weeks or buy it. ~ Bob Salas


For sale $500.  It was purchased at Griffith’s for $1200 and used only a handful of times. It is in like new condition. ~ Susan Mulligan


For rent: Located near Elizabeth Park, this small backyard studio apartment in the Columbia Neighborhood is available to show starting this weekend. This stand-alone, no-smoking unit can be lightly furnished if desired. Ideal for single, minimalist, professional without pets. The rent is $875, and includes all utilities, internet, washer/dryer. Shared outside spaces include patio, hot tub, and gardens for tenant to enjoy.  We require the first and last month’s rent and $400 refundable deposit. Please be prepared to provide references from present work and last housing. We (an active retired couple) live in the main house so a quiet responsible single occupant is a must as a good fit for our common spaces. Text: (360) 389-1391 for an appointment to see the studio and ask further questions. 


We’re renting out our cute, centrally-located, stand alone backyard studio in Fountain/Columbia. The rent is $850, and includes utilities, internet, bike storage and off-street parking (no smoking or pets). We require the first month’s rent and $600 deposit to move in, as well as references from past 2 employers and housing managers. Our family lives in the main house, so a quiet, responsible tenant is a must. We are showing the unit now, and will be available for rent by September 6th. Please email for an appointment. ~ Jill Andryczak Kulshan Street

Our co-operative house is looking for a fourth housemate to move in September15 or October 1, 2021 for at least 12 months. The house is located north of Lake Whatcom, a 10-15 minute drive from downtown; a car is required to get to our place. We have a garden,  apple trees, lots of cozy shared indoor space with a piano, and a large patio with a hot tub. The partially furnished room is upstairs & you would share a spacious bathroom with one other housemate. Rent is $600 a month, including all utilities. Moving in will require a reference check, first and last month’s rent, a $200 damage deposit, and signing a 12-month lease ($1400.00 total). We are hoping to find a mature/genuine/active/spirited/artistic/outdoorsy/community-oriented fully vaccinated person who enjoys their professional life. LGBTQ+ friendly. No tobacco or pets. Please email with interest & answer the question: “What are my needs for the perfect shared home environment?” And please be sure and tell us about yourself, & include a phone #. ~ Aurora Fox


Hi neighbors! My husband Dane and I just had our first child Theo, and Dane’s wonderful mom who lives out in the San Juans is hoping to rent a place in Bellingham to be closer to us and to help with childcare for the next year or so. She’s looking for a mother-in-law apartment/ADU/studio somewhere in the neighborhood, move-in date flexible but she’s ready starting September 1! Reach out to her directly if you know of something: She’s looking for a quiet studio or one-bedroom apartment with a separate entrance, bathroom (bathtub is a must) and modest kitchen to call home. Please reach out if you know of anything you think might be a fit for a quiet but vibrant lady who loves this area and can’t wait to spend more time with her grandson! 🙂 Thanks all! ~ Springmeyers 2621 Victor St 


5:30 PM today & tomorrow. Link below.

I co-founded the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop (PSGW) back in 1974 and have been involved ever since. The music and musicians have brought me great joy over the decades. It’s been a very private place, with no visitors, in order to create safety for students and teachers to take musical risks and really show their hearts. There was no camp last year, but this year, for the first time ever, everyone is welcome to join us for two online Teacher Concerts. YOU are invited! Links are below. If you’ve never heard of these musicians, don’t worry. They’re fabulous. I promise. Here are the details:

Today is day one of the concert. We hope to see you there. If you have questions or problems please call Janet’s cell phone 360-224-8007 or email Janet Peterson, Feel free to share this information about the concert. The concert is free and we are asking you to consider donating to Puget Sound Guitar Workshop General Fund which we will distribute to the teachers. You are welcome to join at the beginning of the concert or pop in at any time. To donate online please follow this link and make a note that it is for the teachers’ concert 2021. Or send in a check to PSGW, PO Box 896, Bellingham, WA 98227-0896.

TONIGHT Aug 18, 2021 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Cayley Schmid and Aaron Guest

Suzy Thompson

Cosy Sheridan

Geof Morgan

Marie Eaton

John Knowles

(Becky Knowles interlude)

Olivia Brownlee

Amy Friedricks

Patrice Haan

Tony Marcus

Tom Moran

Nova Devonie and David Keenan

TOMORROW: Aug 19, 2021 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Orville Johnson

Kathy Kallick

Tristan Scroggins

Hubby Jenkins

Sylvia Herold

Jen Hodge

(Becky Knowles interlude)

Kristina Olsen

Marco de Carvalho

Sean Williams

Gina Davis

Kenny Feinstein



Thursday, August 19 at 12:00noon PDT

No reservation necessary.

A special free concert from the Kleinstein Scholar Sessions in Portland OR.

Stories, thoughts, memories, and maybe some singin’!  From Woodstock to Alice’s Restaurant to City of New Orleans to (over 40) concerts in Portland to Beit Haverim. Look for links to Arlo’s music on our website here.

“And I want to be around / When all over this world / You can’t hear a sound ‘cept everyone / Singing songs of glory in the sun


Friday, August 27th @ 6pm, Firehouse  1314 Harris Avenue

Are You Ready To Rattle & Roll Don’t Be Late!…

Everson’s Keith Carpenter and Lynne Givler on guitar, mandolin and bass, and Seattle’s  Brian Butler and Julian Smedley on guitar and violin

Original songs of love, laughter, current events and anthropomorphism. The band includes  Keith Carpenter and Lynne Givler from Everson (thus the first part of the band name) and Brian Butler and Julian Smedley from Seattle (thus the second part of the band name.) We’ll be doing mainly original songs covering a wide range of styles. It’s first come-first seated. There is no cover, but donations via a tip jar are greatly appreciated! Masks are not currently required for fully vaccinated folks, but that could change by show time. So as always, bring one along.


A pretty amazing series of interviews with local elders, with lovely & revealing portraits. I find them uplifting.



I got to officiate at my big brother Joe’s wedding last Sunday. Joe married the glorious Maria! It was an honor and a pleasure, and a very big deal. It was a small, outdoor roof-top gathering of 17 nearest-and-dearest in Seattle, all vaccinated & masked. There was no singing because of Covid, which was hard for me. So I’m going to share some of the songs I wish I could have sung to them, starting with this one by Kate Wolf. If you don’t already know Kate’s music, go find more to listen to. If you already know her music, I’ll brag: I got to throw Kate’s 30th birthday party here in Bellingham. We took her by surprise when we had a large audience up at WWU sing happy birthday to her at her concert. Some of you were probably there.


Smoke, Hospital Workers, Lots More


Air quality is unhealthy today. It is a good time to close doors, windows & skylights. And close curtains before the sunlight hits those windows to seal in the coolness. I learned lots of tricks for dealing with heat from my Mom, who grew up in Idaho long before air conditioning. If you have an air cleaner it’s time to get it out of storage. If you don’t you can rig a fan to blow through a furnace filter. If it also blows against a damp towel it will help cool the air. Those good N95 masks will help if you’re outside, not only with smoke but with the new Delta variant of Covid.


I just cancelled our pool reservations. I’ve been swimming 3 or 4 days a week. I’ll miss it! I’m going back to staying home as much as possible and limiting my interactions with others. I’d still love to see a few friends, outdoors and masked, one-on-one, at 6 feet. The situation in the world has changed again, and I will change with it.


Thursdays 6 – 8 PM At The Gazebo (with food and dessert tents!)

TONIGHT! August 12 4TENS BAND, Fun Classic Rock Party Music

August 19 THE SWEET GOODBYES, Folk/Pop

August 26 CRAIGO’S PLANET GROOVE, Grateful Dead meets New Orleans Funk

September 2 BANDZANDT, The County’s Happiest Rock Band


Bellingham Friends of the Library is having a pop-up sale, Friday, August 13th! We’ll be selling Mystery and History fiction and biography. We’ll also have a cart of Nearly New books for sale. Come browse and buy! Your purchases help support a variety of library programs for children and adults in our community!

We’ll be outside the Bellingham Central Library near the front entrance from 10 AM until 2 PM.  Most books will be $1 and there’ll be lots to choose from!  You may pay using cash, check, debit and credit card.  Keep in mind, however, there will be an additional 10 cents per dollar charge for debit and credit card purchases to help offset the processing fee. Smaller bills preferred; we will not be able to accept bills over $20.


Hello Columbia Neighborhood Association members,

Our quarterly general meeting will be held on August 24, Tuesday, 7:00-8:30  pm via Zoom.  You will receive an invitation to the meeting by email closer to the day.

The CNA Board looked into having a dessert social that evening, but in the light of new warnings from our county health department about the spread of the more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, we did not feel it was in everyone’s best interest to share food in a social setting yet. Hopefully by November we can meet in person again.

The Zoom meeting will include some time to talk with your neighbors in “breakout rooms,” and time to talk about issues that have come up this summer, such as the need for traffic calming along our arterial streets, for example.

    * The CNA Board is working on finding resources for our neighbors when they have to  deal with difficult situations.

    * There is an offer to set up a website for CNA, and we would like your feedback/ help.

    * The Share Shack has become a hub for free goods, so we’ll get an update on that project.

Just for fun… Here’s a puzzle that has many possible answers:

Can you think of a mnemonic [a device (phrase or sentence) that helps with memory] for the street names if you were going east-west (Meridian to Spruce) or north-south (Maplewood to Madison), or for small sections of streets, in Columbia?

What will yours be? (Maybe there is already one that long-time residents know.) Share it with us at the meeting! Please let the board know of other topics you would like to discuss at the meeting, by responding to this email.

Thank you. / dv

CNA Board members:

President/ Secretary:  Deborah Valentine

Vice-President:  Aaron Silverberg

Treasurer:  Aaron Ignac

Member-at-Large:  David Crook

Mayors Neighborhood Advisory Commission Alternate Rep:  Jennifer Moon


Bellingham hospital workers are having a very hard time.  I got an email from a neighbor who feels a strong need to stay anonymous. I would love help thinking about how we as a community can support our health care workers as they try to care for us. Here’s the text of the email I received: “We were protested at the hospital today by a large anti-vaccine crowd.  We have 7 Covid patients on life support and 26 in house. They are all un-vaccinated. Many of them are demanding treatment that is not science based, and stressing out out their care team with language calling their diagnosis a hoax. The morale at the hospital amongst the staff is awful. I’m emailing you because maybe your connections could think of a way to cheer us up. In 36 years in the trenches (I worked through the AIDS crisis) I’ve never seen morale so low as today. It was just so hurtful.” ~ Discouraged and Fatigued

I’ve been emailing back and forth with this writer, and their most recent response included this:

“I think what we need here is to feel some community love.  I like the idea of cards or signs at shift change or along those lines.  Also, a loud shout out that you all support vaccines and the vaccine policy mandating all employees be vaccinated.”

Hospital workers morale is at historic lows across the country. Our help is needed. Postcards with thanks, kind words and encouragement sent to workers at your local hospital are good. Not just medical staff. Everyone who works there is under appalling pressure right now. Gift cards for restaurant take-out, groceries & coffee are good if you can afford it. Flowers are problematic due to allergies.  You might support extra pay for health care workers as well. But please, calling unvaccinated people jerks will not actually raise the spirits of these ordinary friends and neighbors. They are trapped by this pandemic and struggling to do their best.

If you know any workers personally (and you almost certainly do) this is an excellent time to give each of them a Good Listening To. No advice, no interruptions, just listen kindly and attentively for a long time. If they have suggestions for helpful actions, see what you can do, and share what you learn with the rest of us.

One thing I learned is we mustn’t add to their burden. Social distance, wear your mask, get vaccinated, visit your doctor, and unless what you have is truly life threatening, go to a WALK IN CLINIC or URGENT CARE instead of the ER. Please share these helpful actions widely with everyone you know.

I’ve been in contact with an administrator at the hospital, but we haven’t managed to connect yet. I should know more this afternoon and tomorrow. But don’t wait for me! Start your own initiatives. There is room for hundreds of leaders on this project.

Aggressive grumpiness towards and about unvaccinated people are NOT helpful. Your feelings of upset do not help your friend’s morale or the community at large. Find someone who is not in the middle of the maelstrom to listen to your own upset in private rather than spreading contempt. The more disrespected and embattled people become, the less likely they are to change. Yes, limits need to be set, but not with accompanying attacks.

Here is the address for our local Bellingham, WA hospital for your postcards and notes with gift cards:

To the workers at: Saint Joseph’s Hospital – Peace Health

2901 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225


I have lots of electrolyte powder that needs to be put into individual bags (I have the bags too). This is to flavor the water and add electrolytes in the upcoming heat. A couple tablespoons per bag, and fold the bag top over. That’s the whole job. I could use a more volunteers if anyone has time today or tomorrow. Or even later. Fl!p 360-671-4511



From the recording Aniar released in 2020. Peadar MacMathuna,  guitar. Richard Scholtz, autoharp. Jon Sampson, bass. Words by Percy French, music by Peadar MacMathuna.

Here is one more music slide show with Helen’s images and a song from the recording with Peadar.

An Irish Mother – YouTube


Delta, Election, Lots More


With the Delta variant now here in Whatcom County, and hospitalizations on the rise, I am returning to masking both indoors and out, based on the fact that although I am fully vaccinated, I am an elder and immune compromised. New discoveries show that this new variant raises the risk considerably that I could unknowingly infect others. Science wasn’t wrong. The situation has changed.

The recommendation that vaccinated people in some parts of the country dust off their masks was based largely on one troublesome finding, according to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New research showed that vaccinated people infected with the Delta variant carry tremendous amounts of the virus in the nose and throat, she said in an email responding to questions from The New York Times.

The finding contradicts what scientists had observed in vaccinated people infected with previous versions of the virus, who mostly seemed incapable of infecting others. That conclusion dealt Americans a heavy blow: People with so-called breakthrough infections — cases that occur despite full vaccination — of the Delta variant may be just as contagious as unvaccinated people, even if they have no symptoms.

That means fully immunized people with young children, aging parents, or friends and family with weak immune systems will need to renew vigilance, particularly in high-transmission communities. Vaccinated Americans may need to wear masks not just to protect themselves, but everyone in their orbit.


Tuesday August 3rd. Ballots must be in before 8 PM.

You can register to vote, even on Election Day, at the county courthouse (but don’t wait till 8 PM). Primaries are important elections, and your vote counts for more since few people vote. Only about 20% of eligible ballots have been returned at this point. Be an influencer! Make a difference! If you haven’t received your ballot, contact the Whatcom County Auditor’s office at 360-778-5102. At this point it’s better to take your ballot to a ballot box instead of a post office box, to be sure it’s postmarked or received in time. Here is a link to a wealth of information, including ballot box locations:


has prepared a short set of songs celebrating the anniversary of voting rights for women and all that it means. We’d love to share this music with you, under the trees, in some of your favorite Bellingham parks! We hope that you and your friends and family will join us for these free performances at any of the following locations.

Elizabeth Park, Gazebo:  Wed Aug 4 @ 7:00pm

Cornwall Park, North Shelter: Wed Aug 11 @ 7:00pm

Whatcom Falls Park, Derby Pond: Wed Aug 18 @ 7:00pm

Learn more from our website:


Thursdays 6 – 8 PM At The Gazebo (with food and dessert tents!)

August 5 D’VAS AND DUDES, Country folk, Rock, Blues, and Boogie Woogie

August 12 4TENS BAND, Fun Classic Rock Party Music

August 19 THE SWEET GOODBYES, Folk/Pop

August 26 CRAIGO’S PLANET GROOVE, Grateful Dead meets New Orleans Funk

September 2 BANDZANDT, The County’s Happiest Rock Band


Hello to all of you that have supported Kim in some way. We wanted to let you all know how so very much everything is appreciated. The love in so many ways that so many of you have blessed Kim with and all of your help and prayers. She will have another surgery tomorrow 7/30 to do another cleaning on her legs, there are signs of infection. She still has a clot on her lung, and some short term memory from a few years back. She’s trying to deal with all that has happened to her with so many questions, Why??? The love and blessings you all have shown is amazing. So many people we do not even know. Every dime of this is going toward Kim and will be accounted for. Homebills, medical bills her animals, and when the time comes, a reconstruction of her house so it will be completely wheelchair accessible when she gets to come home. We wanted to put faces to our names and to thank you all so much. Pics: Lee(Clarence) am her only child. My wife Bobbie and our kids. Blessings to you all (Photos are up on the link below.)

For those who are uncomfortable donating money online, here are two other options. The account is set up in the Nugents Corner ICU Industrial Credit Union. That’s the branch where the account is opened, but you can go to any ICU in Bellingham, WA

You can also just mail in a check, the account is under Clarence Leroy Dickinson, account name is Kim’s Fund, Please feel free to pass this along.

We have set up her monthly bills to be auto paid out from this account. So she doesn’t need to worry about it. Some of our friends on fixed income are putting a $25-$50 donation which will really help with her monthly bills. Thanks so much neighbors!


The Friends of the Library is holding two book sales this August with a new experience.  They will be held at the front entrance of the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

August 6th – Mystery and History

August 13th – Fiction and Biography

Most books will be $1.  You may pay using cash, check, debit and credit card.  Keep in mind, however there will be an additional 10 cents per dollar charge for debit and credit card purchases to help offset the processing fee.  Smaller bills preferred; we will not be able to accept bills over $20. All proceeds support the work of the Bellingham Public Library. ~ Kathy Sparks, Utter Street


Do you feel like trying to stay on top of all the COVID news is like trying to drink from a fire hose? Well, here’s some good news that’s easier to swallow — something you can do for a healthier life. Bonus: it’s fun!

Washington State University Extension service offers a Diabetes Prevention Program in Whatcom and Skagit counties. If you are at least 18 years of age and have risk factors for Type 2 diabetes, WSU DPP will help you take charge of your health, now and in the future. The 22-week program incorporates lifestyle change interventions that guide you to make lasting commitments to reduce your risk for Type 2 diabetes — which could save you from blindness, kidney disease, damage to your heart, blood vessels, and nerves, even possible amputations.  The good news is Type 2 diabetes can be prevented. How do you know if you might be prediabetic? Take this quiz:

If your score shows you are at high risk for prediabetes, talk to your health care provider or contact the WSU diabetes program, Diane Smith, 360 395 2355, to see if you qualify for this low-cost program. Some insurance plans and Medicare cover the $430 cost. WSU also offers scholarships and payment plans for people with limited income. You learn the skills you need to manage stress, be more active, lose weight; a trained lifestyle coach will guide and encourage you with the support from other participants with the same goals as you — to live your life to its fullest. Today is the first day of the rest of your life.~ Micki Jackson


My name is Reis Ramsey and I am looking for summer jobs in the Columbia Neighborhood. Examples of tasks/ jobs- chopping vegetables, cleaning baseboards, carrying/ moving items, walking dogs & etc. I am enterprising, responsible, capable, respectful  student at Whatcom Middle School. 314-517-2024- (Laura)  This is my mom’s phone number so she can help me reply quickly with any questions etc.~ Reis Ramsey, Victor Street


Last night around 11pm a very sweet and small kitty came right up to me on my porch. No collar, but super shiny and soft.  VERY friendly. No picture but the kitty has a dark slightly striped body and a face that’s half orange/half black with yellow eyes.  Seemed young. Corner of Victor and Walnut. ~ Kamarie Astrid




Gardeners, cooks, etc! Do you have extra: Lavender, Mint, Eucalyptus, Catnip, Citronella, Cinnamon, Tea tree, Thyme, Peppermint? Willing to donate to your unhoused neighbors in need? Mosquitos are BAD in camps we visit. Fran Bond has come up with a natural bug repellent. Thanks Fran! Help us collect the supplies to make bug repellent pouches.  Contact Fl!p to drop at her place.


We’re headed into some hotter days. Please donate flats of bottled water if you can. You can drop them at our house: 2518 Cherry Street. Around back is best. Thank you!



Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen. I needed a lullaby. Sometimes shared grief is also a comfort.


Report Tires; Chase Scam Revealed; Hand Washing; DVDs; Kidneys. Sweep. Music: Cindy Kallet; Tide & The River Rising

CONTENTS 3/9/2021
Report Tires Please
Aha!!! Chase Scam: Great Info
Coolest Hand Washing Info Ever
Donate DVDs To Nursing Homes
Kidney Health Awareness
Help For Non-Profits
Free Upright Piano
Free Magazines
Rental (Or Sublet) Wanted
Community First
Upcoming Sweep
Cast: Coffee And Sandwiches Together
Cindy Kallet Solo Concert, Livestream!
Radio Free Fl!p: Tide And The River Rising


Over the last week there have been several people in your neighborhood reporting their vehicle tires being slashed with a sharp object (presumably a knife) sometime in the night. This is mainly happening on West, Utter and Monroe.  There are not any suspects. Could you please let your neighborhood know the following:

  1. Report this to police by either calling 911 or doing an online report.
  2. Park in a garage or well lit area if at all possible!
  3. Report suspicious behavior to 911 during the hours of darkness.

 Thank you so much for your help!
Take Care,
Katrin Dearborn | Outreach Officer
Bellingham Police Department
Also Park, Washington and more… Please do report folks!


This actually explains what’s happening. Hooray! (And a hat tip to Carol Baker!) Police have advice for anyone who has been a victim of this fraud.

“If you get anything from Chase Bank, look at it and read it carefully to make sure what it is,” Hendrix said. “If it is where someone has created a fraudulent account, you need to file a report with your local law enforcement, whether it is the sheriff’s office or the police department.

“Then you need to call Chase Bank. They will tell you they have to have a police report before they can close the account. So if you already have that in hand, it makes things go quicker.”

The next step would to contact any credit protection bureaus the person subscribes to alert them of the identity theft and to watch for any anomalies. The Attorney General’s office website has an identity theft packet with helpful information.


The chemistry of soap, written by Tom Noddy, Bubble Guy. Start with a link so you can tell why you might want to listen:

Soap and detergent molecules are odd. One end of a soap molecule is a lot like grease, it doesn’t like water, it’s “hydrophobic”.  But the other end of soap molecules are “hydrophilic”, they like water (they are attracted to water molecules, electrically, like when your socks are attracted to the other clothes in the drier). So, unlike grease, soap goes into solution with water when each molecule works to attach itself to a nearby water molecule.

But meanwhile, the end that doesn’t like water is looking for some place to go to get away from the water. Everywhere it turns there is more water and water repels that end of the soap or detergent molecule … where can it go to get away from the water?

Well, if you can then offer it something, maybe something non-watery, maybe something dirty or greasy, then the end of the soap molecule that doesn’t like water can attach itself to the grease to get away from the water.

For the soap, that’s a perfect solution, the end that likes water is attached to a water molecule and the end that doesn’t is now attached to grease.

If you wipe it a bit then the soap molecules can and do completely surround the grease (and any germs (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa) that might be stuck to the grease). Then you can float that stuff away in the flood of soapy water.

So, no … soap doesn’t disinfect … it doesn’t kill virus but it can vastly lower the accumulation of them from your skin and remove the hiding places that could otherwise hold virus close.

A 60% alcohol solution is useful between the times that you can get yourself to soap and water but all of that alcohol is going to wreak havoc with your skin and it’s going to kill the good and bad bacteria and rework the ecosystem each time.  The first line of defense really is washing with soap (or detergent) and water.

EDIT: Since I wrote and posted this a few people have written to point out that it was correct in most assertions but they wanted me to know that in addition to what I described here, viruses with a “lipid outer layer” are vulnerable to being killed by “Non-polar solvents” which are “typically hydrocarbons used to dissolve other naturally occurring hydrocarbon lipid molecules that do not (or do not easily) dissolve in water.”

They mean that soap can also actually kill the coronavirus! Then my friend Sagah Stylisms Al-Kassab adds the point that viruses aren’t exactly “life” as we know it … so, maybe “deactivate” is a better term than “kill” in this case. ~ Tom Noddy



March is National Kidney Month. The Mount Baker Foundation has rolled-out a KIDNEY HEALTH AWARENESS initiative intended to raise awareness of “the silent epidemic.” Silent epidemic? Yes, because 1 in 3 of us is at risk for kidney disease and we don’t know it. Kidney disease is typically diagnosed when it is advanced, at a stage when it is harder to treat. This is an on-going initiative. The two primary causes of kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure. Take a one minute risk test:

Local nephrologist, Dr. Bill Lombard, is giving Zoom talks for this effort. You can watch his presentation,  “1 in 3 of Us Is at Risk for Kidney Disease — Are YOU the One?” here: 

If you’d like informational brochures, bookmarks, and stickers (for water bottles, laptops, etc) related to this community kidney health awareness initiative, contact Micki Jackson at


My friend Jackie Lynch contacted me to let me know she’s retired from the City of Bellingham’s Planning Department. She’s interested in helping non-profits who are considering building, purchasing land, and/or moving into new quarters. She’s seen too many non-profits making plans without a good source of solid advice about the realities of land development and allowed uses. Such mistakes can waste a lot of time and money. She asks that everyone pass the word to non-profits they know. You can contact her at


It’s time for a new family to love this piano. Needs to be tuned up. I can email pictures. You transport. ~ Claire Evans, Tulip Street


Need some light reading? Or collage material? I have lots and lots of People magazines that I would be happy to donate to a new home! All recent and in good condition. Text or email! ~ Jessie Pemble, Kulshan Street, 360-599-8801


Solo woman (with dog) from Eugene, Oregon ISO of housing in Bellingham starting in Mid-May for 4-6 months (or possibly longer). Desires clean, quiet space to myself with natural light, preferably with some kind of access to outdoor space (fantasy place would include a garden). I work remotely full-time for an Oregon-based non-profit law firm that does impact climate recovery litigation. I can supply references and proof of excellent credit. I am hoping to relocate to Bellingham but currently spending time in the areas adjacent exploring. I will be on Whidbey Island until May 9th and available to come check out rentals/sublets and meet with folks. My dog is 8+ years old. Very sweet and chill, not destructive nor much of a barker unless you are a skateboard. ~ Iris Porter 541.819.9236



An insightful documentary about one successful intervention for chronic homelessness


Geri Field is just one small part of our unsheltered citizens. It’s a visible part as it’s out in the open along the road. Many more people are huddled in broken cars, tents, tarps, abandoned houses. Most unsheltered citizens are not at Geri Field. They are scattered around the edges of town, in woods and fields, sleeping in tents, cardboard boxes & under tarps. They are laying low and trying not to get swept.

Because of news of the upcoming sweep, the outreachers I work are all currently deeply involved in helping folks move away from the tent encampment in the lower parking lot at Geri Field. This involves hours of one-on-one listening, encouraging the folks currently in the cross-hairs to face their loss without despair and consider where they might move to. It is safest if the unsheltered folks scatter, but they don’t want to lose their community. If they can find ways to fragment into small enough groups, they may attract less attention, both from drug dealers and gangs, and from the authorities. There remains difficulty accessing clean water, food, bathrooms, and other basic resources.

Sweeps involve the authorities driving homeless people away, to date without giving assistance in transporting their belongings. It is common for people who are swept to lose their tent, ground pad, sleeping bag and other critical supplies. (As a person who gets to live in a house, I would be outraged to have my belongings confiscated and thrown away. I think you might too.)  Outreachers are trying to figure out how to move people before the last minute in hopes of preserving both resources and dignity. They could definitely use help with transportation – trucks & trailers – this weekend. Outreachers are willing to offer guidance to new volunteers.

Quote from city page that makes sense: “The situation is complex, challenging and dynamic. Safety for all – people living unsheltered, volunteers, City employees, and members of the public – remains our primary concern.” I hope the City really does follow through on this, for all parties. It’s unknown how city staff will pass their order in person to our unsheltered neighbors. Are they relying on a handful of volunteers to bring the sad news with no city options of where to place their tent home instead?


* wheeled suitcases
* volunteers willing to assist in camper relocation
* people willing to loan or drive vehicles with supplies
* $$ for U-Hauls ($250 or so)
* Trash Bags – 33 gallon size, approx.
* Colored Ribbon to identify belongings
* Contractor Bags – also largest size
* drinking water – that’s an ongoing need
* A few gallons of white vinegar for laundry

CAST: Coffee and Sandwiches Together

6 – 7 PM Free · Lottie St
Cast began almost 20 years ago as an outreach mission of two local congregations and is now a program of Interfaith Coalition.

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, we serve a simple meal of sandwiches, to-go snacks, and beverages to people on the street who are hungry. If you are in need of a meal, please come enjoy a meal. If you know someone who is struggling with hunger, please let them know about CAST.

Our dedicated volunteers serve at the Arch of Healing and Reconciliation behind the downtown Bellingham Library on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

We’re following Whatcom County Health department guidelines on the foods and drinks we serve. Volunteers and guests must wear masks and practice social distancing. Masks are provided for those who do not have one.



Sunday March 21, 2 – 3 PST, Donations Accepted

I am SO excited! I’ll include a song of hers on Radio Free Fl!p tonight so you can see why. Cindy is a breathtaking guitarist, singer, and song writer. Powerfully honest, transparently emotional, deeply thoughtful. And her music is so movingly beautiful!! Please join me!

People can e-mail her at and she will send them a link to either the live concert or the recorded version (assuming she can figure out the recorded version part of it by then).

Cindy says, “I’m taking requests, too, so if there are any favorite oldies or newies that you’d love to hear, please let me know, and I’ll do my best to include them. You can hear all of my recorded songs for free by visiting this page. Just click on each album and you’ll find a list of the songs. There’s a play button next to each of them. You can do the same for my recordings with Ellen Epstein & Michael Cicone and Gordon Bok, but I can’t guarantee I can play them without these wonderful musical partners. (I can play songs with Grey Larsen, as he’ll be in the living room, too, and is prepared to provide his sparkling musical accompaniment!)

If you’re unable to view the concert live, I plan to post it privately for a few days afterwards. Let me know if you would like the link to this recorded video.”


Cindy Kallet’s song is widely sung around here, but we don’t quite get the rhythm right. When she plays her online solo concert, our versions won’t be in collision! This is a beautiful song: listen to the words…

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you’re willing to share your phone  with me, personally, I would love that, and would not share it further without your express permission. Nor would I ever exploit it. You might put mine in your phone so if I were to phone you, you’d know it was me. I’d also suggest adding to your contacts because that helps keep my emails from going to your junk mail.

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.